Oceania

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
OCEANIA is one of the first attempts to bring the music and poetry of the Maori culture into a pop format. New Zealand vocalist Hinewehi Mohi met Jaz Coleman -- the former lead singer of British post-punk group Killing Joke, who more recently has been Composer in Residence for the Auckland Philharmonic -- at a Maori ceremony, and they decided to collaborate. Mohi enlisted her mentor, Hirini Melbourne, for his expertise with Maori instruments, and together they selected the best native musicians. The music of OCEANIA includes such timbral colors as the conch shell trumpet, log drums, and Maori chanting all live, no samples. Coleman sets many of the songs' luscious ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
OCEANIA is one of the first attempts to bring the music and poetry of the Maori culture into a pop format. New Zealand vocalist Hinewehi Mohi met Jaz Coleman -- the former lead singer of British post-punk group Killing Joke, who more recently has been Composer in Residence for the Auckland Philharmonic -- at a Maori ceremony, and they decided to collaborate. Mohi enlisted her mentor, Hirini Melbourne, for his expertise with Maori instruments, and together they selected the best native musicians. The music of OCEANIA includes such timbral colors as the conch shell trumpet, log drums, and Maori chanting all live, no samples. Coleman sets many of the songs' luscious syncopations over an easy rhythmic groove, while others -- such as the moving and melodic "Hineraukatauri" Goddess of Music -- are lavished with orchestral treatments. "Kotahitanga" features strongly accented vocals with slaps and stomps from a men's group, while Mohi's voice soars above. The most exuberant piece is "He Tangata" People; when the ABBA-like harmonies kick in, you'll feel like skipping. The poetry of the lyrics will bring an appreciation of Maori culture, as will the brief liner notes, but the essence of the album is dance. Two pulsing electronic remixes with a touch of bluegrass take us out on a groovily celebratory note.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Oceania is what happens when Maori culture -- the music and traditions of New Zealand's native people -- collides with the modern world. The result is an interesting spiritual palette of new sonic possibilities that combine ancient chants, spacy symphonics, and soaring chants in the native language translated to English in the notes. At the heart of this group are Maori instruments, legends, history, and language, presented to the world for the first time by poet and singer Hinewehi Mohi and the late singer of British post-punk band Killing Joke, Jaz Coleman. Mohi's mother is New Zealand/European, but it is from her Maori father that she acquired her sense of cultural identity, which she conveys here on 11 mostly lilting tracks, with spiritual and exotic electronic elements. The English titles give a universal sense to the new age vibe of the album: "Union," "People," "Goddess of Music," and "Self Determination." It's a pleasant, relaxing listen, but only for people who really want to explore the culture of New Zealand. The rest of us might just use it as background music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 731453677524
  • Catalog Number: 536775

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oceania Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jaz Coleman Bass, Keyboards, Ocarina, Classical Guitar
The London Session Orchestra Strings
John Myers Violin
Martin Lee Oboe
Marcelle Mallette Violin
Hinewehi Mohi Vocals, Background Vocals
Hirini Melbourne Tanpura
Technical Credits
Philip Glass Producer
The Beatmasters Remixing
Jaz Coleman Producer, String Arrangements
Clive Goddard Engineer
Rory Johnston Producer
Kurt Munkasci Producer
Mark Haley Programming
Jazz Summers Producer
Johnny Rockstar Programming
Jeremy Shaw Programming
Paddy Free Programming
Wayne Wilkins Engineer
Andy Green Engineer
Nigel Stone Engineer
Keith Uddin Engineer
Rangiiria Hedley Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exciting and exotic!

    This fascinating reinterpretation of Maori musical and cultural traditions is a collaboration between native poet/singer Hinewehi Mohi and punk rocker Jaz Coleman. Adventurous, primal, intriguing and delightfully different, ¿Oceania¿ celebrates the mythos and language of New Zealand¿s native people. According to Coleman, the album was written and produced ¿¿with the help of the best master musicians of the Maori people--I¿m the only Westerner, apart from the string players and programmers, who actually played on the album; all the rest is done by Maori hands.¿ Surprisingly, the modern ¿dance groove¿ elements truly compliment this spirited, mysterious music (which includes ritual Maori shouting and conch-shell trumpeting). And the gentler, less programmed tracks exude a warm, tropical peace evocative of being in harmony with nature. Translations of Hinewehi Mohi¿s song lyrics are included. All in all, this a superb and refreshing release!

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